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December 12th, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

Senior Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Reality Check: After the blusterous predictions made earlier this year that the census would help the GOP’s congressional aspirations, the reality of the new maps is setting in. Looks like Speaker Boehner has his work cut out for him.

– Mic Check: Rick Perry doesn’t know the name of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, yet he claims he knows her judicial positions – oops!

– Judicial Check: Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant law may have a shot at Supreme Court attention. Gov. Brewer's team is asking the Justices to override lower court decisions blocking implementation of parts of the bill. It seems that the political and economic fallout of the bill has not been enough to pull Brewer from her love of the bill...yet.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– $10,000 bet? The Romney camp seemed to not realize they'd stepped in it. At first, they doubled down on it. But, now they are doing damage control as Iowans woke up to Iowa talk radio shows this morning and the bet was the news.

– I keep getting asked why so many Republicans who aren't embracing Romney and do not like Newt keep sitting on the sidelines. The answer is most Republicans genuinely expect Newt Gingrich to implode. That might not be fair and he might not implode, but lots of people expect it given his history.

– President Obama was on 60 Minutes last night. I tend to agree with the critics, not out of partisan affiliation, but because even Democrats are rumbling about it. The President needs to tell us what he is going to do in his second term, not to just rest on his laurels. Thus far, it seems he has not articulated it well.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. jim carroll internet free press

    Posted on December 11, 2011 by jcarroll

    Where is the beef, Newt? You may get forgiven of your sins, but you will always be a mix of all you have ever been. I can only hope that the American people will not like your blend.

    Question: Newt, would you let people off of death row if they got forgiven of their sins? Electing you President would be worse.

    Invite your friends and the News Media to visit the Internet Free Press and get some new ideas, or they can call Jim Carroll at 865-470-2610

    December 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Haidar

      I'm guensisg that the Romnulans are working for a Ronulan win in Iowa it's Paul's only shot at a victory, and if he beats Newt, that might damage Newt more than it would Romney, who's been saying all along that Iowa was a sideshow.In truth, Iowa is a sideshow, and always has been.

      February 22, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  2. Chuck Armstrong

    Re Lowes pulling their ads for the muslim show..You state there is outrage against Lowes..I am sorry my poll shows the exact oppisite.. I completely agree..muslins and Islam is a serious threat to all of us..and untill they stand up and denounce Sharia law ,and terrorism, and child marriages and wearing a diguise they have no place in our country.. You are sadly mistaken that any Americans are outraged..chuk

    December 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  3. Janet Holley

    As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mitt Romney shouldn't be betting anyone anything. Mormons, who are living the Gospel, do not bet, play the lottery, etc. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a democrat, and Mitt Romney does not support my views in regard to abortion, immigration, war or the economy.

    December 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
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  5. Rio Bravo

    Great to hear David Gergen again on John King. I miss his voice of reason.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  6. david

    Speaker Gingrich has fallen like a rock at the instant Ron Paul ran a couple of simple ads. Soon as the rest of the country sees these ads, they will has the same exact effect, he doesn't have any better chance than flip-flop Romney, neither can beat Obama, and neither will make it in the end because they are both basically the same. You managed to totally avoid the fact that Gingrich is in a statistical tie with Ron Paul, UNBELIEVABLE. I didn't even hear you mention his name one time in an hour of reporting when there are 9000 articles about it online during the past hour. You are intellectually dishonest by insinuating you are a reporter of some sort.

    The way you report makes me question our history books about everything written in them. You are still not talking about Ron Paul when he is tied for first place in Iowa, just think about how people like you lied to us about everything in our history just to get what they wanted. I have not heard one word about him, but I heard 10 minutes about Rick Santorum and saw text floating by about him and that was certainly not newsworthy info, just advertising trying to boost him up. You and your friends / owners are trying to shape the future, not give honest reports about how things really are.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  7. Oliwiana

    Because he folilshoy believed that Democrats would work with Republicans to shut off the flow of illegals into our country after that.So Reagan does something wrong, and it's not his fault.Got that. Whatever.Reply

    February 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm |